GOOD HOPE — Skyler Bowers sank a pair of free throws with less than four seconds remaining to gift West Point's varsity boys a 3-point cushion and eventual 70-67 road triumph versus Good Hope on Tuesday night.
Bowers' crucial makes came just moments after the Raiders — trailing 68-67 — missed two from the charity stripe that would've given them a lead and possible victory versus the Warriors.
Instead, it was coach Randy Jones' squad who came out on top and improved to 3-3 on the season.
"Good Hope can beat anybody this year," he said. "To get a win here, that's huge for us. Right now, you're just trying to get in good position. But there's really a long season still to play. Hopefully those three tough ones at that Thanksgiving tournament helped us grow up a bit. We've finished these last two games off really well."
Kolton Sapp led all scorers with 24 points, while Coby Sullins (18) and Austin Dubberly (11) both played their parts in the Maroon and White's win.
Cole Maddox's 23 points were tops for the Red and White (2-3) in the loss. Drew Maddox (20) and Landyn Freeman (nine) also had strong outings.
West Point hosts Curry on Friday night in a region opener, while Good Hope travels to Cold Springs on Thursday evening.
% Holly Pond 59, Hanceville 53: The Broncos — behind the trio of Kyler Chaney, McKinley Garrett and Griffin Morris — held off the Bulldogs down the stretch to take home a close road win on Tuesday night.
Chaney (16 points), Garrett (15) and Morris (13) all came up big for Holly Pond (4-2), which was also aided by Zach Shaw's eight points.
Hanceville — which trailed by as many as 19 points in the third quarter — nabbed excellent performances from RJ Evans (15 points), Brendan Flanigan (11) and Raiden Morgan (11) in the loss, which dropped coach Daniel Wakefield's squad to 3-3 on the season.
The Broncos host Cold Springs on Friday, while the Bulldogs welcome in Oakman for a region affair.
% Fairview 63, Vinemont 24: Luke Yarbrough (15 points) and Bryson Fletcher (13) came up with solid performances to lead the Aggies to a road victory on Tuesday night.
Cameron Guthrie tossed in nine points for Fairview (4-1), while Truman Boyd and Klay Knopp dazzled with six apiece.
The Eagles garnered a 12-point outing from Katch Johnson in the losing effort.
Coach Branch Whitlock's squad will travel to Hayden for an area contest on Friday night, while Vinemont will head to Falkville on Thursday night.
% West Point 64, Jasper 55: Kolton Sapp (22 points), Coby Sullins (16) and Austin Dubberly (14) provided the offensive pop for the Warriors in Monday night's home victory.
Rylan Jones (six points and 12 rebounds) also had a fine showing for West Point.
% West Point 65, Good Hope 37: Olivia Ball claimed a game-high 20 points, and Brooke Brownfield and Miriam Oldacre crafted 12 apiece to propel the Lady Warriors to their seventh win of the season on Tuesday night.
West Point led 39-19 at halftime and never looked back during the lopsided matchup.
Mackenzie Carter (eight points), Micah Oldacre (seven) and Lexi Shadix (six) rounded out the scoring for coach Richie Penn's team, which moved to 7-0 this season and 2-0 against county competition.
Erika Woodall (11 points) and Leyton Seal (eight) secured multiple baskets for the Lady Raiders, who fell to 2-4 following the home loss.
% Fairview 80, Vinemont 29: The Lady Aggies coasted to a road and county triumph on Tuesday night.
Fairview (6-3) was paced offensively by Valentina Klocker (13 points), Jacey Gorham (12), Molly McKelvy (11) and Taylor Ann Yeager (10).
The Purple and Gold, who collected scoring contributions from 10 different players, forced 34 turnovers in the runaway victory.
Sadie Stanley led the Lady Eagles in points with eight.
% Hanceville 63, Holly Pond 44: The Lady Bulldogs outscored their county foe 30-15 in the second half to take control and improve to 3-4 this season.
Kelly Pickett scored 24 points for Hanceville, which also picked up buckets from Cassidy Campbell (11), Malia Howell (nine), Kierra Merriweather (eight) and Karmen Johnson (seven) in Tuesday night's clash.
The Lady Broncos (1-4) received nine points apiece from Maddie Heatherly and Elizabeth Miller in the loss. McKenna Folds added eight.
% West Point 68, Jasper 24: Miriam Oldacre scored a team-high 16 points to lift the Lady Warriors to an easy home win on Monday night.
Olivia Ball (13) and Kyler Hembree (10) also tallied double digits for West Point, while Mackenzie Carter (eight) and Maci Hamby (six) contributed as well.